Heids Together: A Wellbeing & Youth Work Resource

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In March this year, when faced with an unexpected pandemic, the youth work sector did what it does best and adapted to extremely challenging circumstances for the benefit of young people. Meeting rooms, community halls and drop-ins quickly moved online as digital youth work became a necessity rather than a quirky innovation. 

YouthLink Scotland, were keen to capture some of this work and were delighted to receive funding through the Wellbeing Fund to create a new mental health & wellbeing resource. The project engaged with six incredible youth work organisations from across Scotland who have adapted their service delivery and continued the support during Covid-19 - specifically around mental health & wellbeing.

During the 10-week project, youth workers have been taking part in weekly group meetings, undertaking five practice development sessions led by YouthLink Scotland, See Me Scotland and Penumbra.

It has been an intense and rewarding project, resulting in the creation of Heids Together, a free youth work resource.

This resource will increase the capacity of the sector to engage in mental health support, increase confidence of youth workers, provide create and innovative ways of engaging in mental health discussions with young people which have been created by young people. It will encourage social connection, reduce isolation for young people and provide the opportunity for skills development.

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